For many years, the NHS has worked with independent healthcare providers to help at times of high demand. Outsourcing some procedures has been commonplace but more recently patients have been able to choose to go to private providers under Patient Choice. Private companies have played a major role in running treatment centres and, most recently, they have won tenders for whole services – most notably in the community services sector.
In mental health, learning disability and other sectors independent providers are intrinsic to the delivery of quality for NHS service users and often been at the forefront of innovation.
This award will go to a company which has helped the NHS by providing excellent – and ideally pioneering – services, perhaps responding to a local need for increased capacity or for provision of a service which is not available through NHS local providers or have developed a pathway which meets patients’ needs. The quality of care and the level of access offered to patients are also likely to be factors in the judges’ decisions.
- A project with the NHS which can be supported by recent evidence from the past 2 years up until the awards deadline date
- Private businesses and healthcare providers working in partnership with NHS providers, commissioners or integrated care